Junior Reporter Call Out: Review These Books!

April 6, 2018

So You Like Reading Books?

Writing a book is never easy, or so we are told. Well, writing a book that is loved by many and wins awards is even more difficult, which is why the announcement of book award winners every year is so exciting. Perhaps you know of the books listed below, but if not, what a delightful trove of books to dig into, right?

This week, The American Library Association announced the top books for children and young adults. And in case you are wondering, audio books are included too! We are looking for book-loving Junior Reporters to check out the list below. Interested in reviewing one of the books for us? Splendid! Email your review to editor@xyzanews.com.

While there were many prizes awarded, we picked some of our favorites:

(Images and descriptions sourced from Amazon.com)

William C. Morris Award for first-time author: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

Description:  Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contributions to children’s literature: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Description: Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero).

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

Description: A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home? Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust.

Corretta Scott King Book Award recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults: Piecing me together, by Renee’ Watson.


Description: A powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.

Robert F. Silbert informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961, by Larrry Dane Brimner.


Description:  On May 4th, 1961 a group of thirteen black and white civil rights activists launched the Freedom Ride, aiming to challenge the practice of segregation on buses and at bus terminal facilities in the South. The Ride would last twelve days.

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks: “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Philip Pullman, and narrated by Michael Sheen

Description: Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy….

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers: Charlie & Mouse, written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes

Description: Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible book! Join Charlie and Mouse as they talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks, and invent the bedtime banana.

Silbert Honor Books: “Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix,” written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One, and published by Readers to Eaters Books

Description: For Chef Roy Choi, food means love. It also means culture, not only of Korea where he was born, but the many cultures that make up the streets of Los Angeles, where he was raised. So remixing food from the streets, just like good music—and serving it up from a truck—is true to L.A. food culture. People smiled and talked as they waited in line. Won’t you join him as he makes good food smiles?

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award: “La Princesa and the Pea,” illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, written by Susan Middleton Elya, and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC

Description: El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree. The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa. But the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too . . .

Phew! So many good books to dig into this year!